Apple Begins to Ship 17-inch MacBook Pros

From PC World: Reports indicate Apple is shipping its newly redesigned 17-inch MacBook Pro, the last of its laptops to get a "unibody" aluminum design. The new laptop was introduced at Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a thinner and lighter design than before. Apple billed it as the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop when it debuted the new machine last month; it weighs 6.6 pounds and measures less than one inch high with the lid closed. Its price remains the same as before, starting at US$2,799.

Apple delayed shipment of the new 17-inch MacBook Pro after initially indicating the new model would be released by the end of January. "... we now expect to begin shipments in mid-February," an Apple spokesman told Macworld when confirming the delay.

The new 17-inch features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.66GHz, 4GB of RAM standard, Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics on the motherboard with GeForce 9600MT dedicated graphics as well, a 320GB hard disk drive and DVD-burning SuperDrive.

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